I have written several articles on our President Trump. A list of the links have been provided at the bottom of this article for your convenience. This article will, however address different aspects on President Trump’s Presidency. Links for Dr. Fauci and covid-19 are also provided.
To start with I want make the following point. The federal government’s role in curtailing the pandemic early was to stop the spread from international infiltration, declare a national emergency, and ensure resources were available for states. The federal government did that. From there, states and governors had the authority to make their own guidelines tailored for their states. The situation in New York was vastly different than in Iowa, for example.
There has been an Uptick in Covid-19 cases throughout the country. So of course it is President Trump’s Fault. Frankly I am sick an tired of the Democratic Party and the Media trying to pin everything that happens in this country on this President. Everybody acts surprised when President Trump gets mouthy and speaks his mind. He made his 1st major public appearance in 1973. He has been boisterous, bellicose and belligerent ever since. He is a typical New Yorker. He is not going to change. He had a TV show that was watched by Millions of people. The Apprentice. So nobody should act surprised. Everybody knew his personality was like before he ran for office, while he ran for office and now that he is in office, they want him to be different. He won the presidency because he is not part of the Washington establishment, or as he calls it “the Swamp”. What he is known for is getting the job done. I will be delving more into his career and personality in future articles. This article’s purpose is to discuss the job he has done with Covid-19. What is not known is that President Trump first loves this country. He also firmly believes in the Constitution and he also believes in states rights. He is also a highly religious person. President Trump has been the victim of a smear campaign by the Liberal Media, Tech Corporations, and the Democratic Party and even members of his own party. He has been vilified, investigated, and even impeached. He has experienced great success as well as great setbacks. We are in the middle of a great pandemic, and a recession and great civil unrest. No other president in the 20th and now 21st century has had to deal with as much in such a short period of time. However, he continues to push forward to make this country a better place to live in. This 2 part article will show that he did everything possible to limit the impact of the Coronavirus on the US.
This first part is going to be in the form of a time line to show the progression of the virus and when interventions were taken. It has been stated that he should have acted sooner, but this time line will show that he acted sooner than Democratic Party did.
Coronavirus And Associated Events Timeline:
(Timeline Updated 5/8/2021)
December 31 China informs World Health Organization (WHO) of a pneumonia of unknown origins.
January 1 Wuhan Seafood Market Closed
January 4 Hong Kong Center for Infection warns of Pneumonia like disease in China that spreads from human to human.
January 6 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gives Chins outbreak a level 1 (1 to 3 rating), Transmission means unknown; Trump issued travel notice on Wuhan, China; China refuses the CDC’s offer of help.
January 8 WHO says China is doing a good job with transparency and its ability to identify it as a new virus.
January 10 Caronavirus Genome is made public.
January 11 China experiences it’s first death.
January13 First case outside China is identified in Thailand from a Chinese national traveling from Wuhan.
January 14 WHO says Coronavirus says it is not transmissible from human to human.
January 15 Trump and China sign phase 1 of trade deal.
January 16 Japanese man identified with virus after traveling to China.
January 17 CDC and Department of Homeland Security institutes new airport screening techniques for covid-19.
January 19 WHO not sure of transmission, source of virus unknown
January 20 China finally confirms human to human transmission; Trump opened emergency operations center. Dr. Fuci reports that the National Institutes of Health was working on a vaccine.
January 21 CDC expands Covid-19 checks to airports in Chicago and Atlanta. First U.S. citizen known to be infected in Washington State.
January 22 President Trump states not concerned as first casualty is experienced in Washington state. The CDC directed its Emergency Operations Center to provide support for the virus response. They also sought approval from the FDA to permit U.S. to us a CDC-developed diagnostic test to detect the coronavirus.
January 23 VOX states that travel bans don’t work; China seals off Wuhan Province from rest of China. Dr. Fauci says that these Draconian measures would not work in the US.
January 24 President Trump Tweets praise for China’s Transparency; the Trump Administration held coronavirus briefing for the Senate. But few senators showed up R/T the Impeachment proceedings.
January 26 Dr. Fauci says the US should not be worried about the coronavirus.
January 27 Biden praises China for it’s transparency, Trump offers help to China
January 28 Biden adviser Klain says he opposes the travel ban.
January 29 American airlines announces it will suspend flights between major U.S. cities and China cities beginning February 9, 2020.
January 30 WHO declares a global health emergency and the State Department advises against travel to China. The Allied Pilots Association, which represents American Airlines” 15,000 pilots, sued AA on Thursday to stop the carrier from flying to China and filed an injunction to halt the flights to and from China immediately.
January 31 President Trump issues the Proclamation on Suspension of Entry as Immigrants of Persons who pose a Risk of Transmission, he also declared the coronavirus a public health emergency; Biden says Trump is Xenophobic; NYC Times says Trump Emotional and treating the Coronavirus as a political tool; China says the risk to humanity is low, but they also confirmed 10,000 cased of COVID-19 in China. For Americans returning home from China who would be quarantined: the Pentagon said it would provide housing for the detainees until February 29.
February 2 CNN says there’s a virus that infects 15 million Americans and has killed 8,200 people this season and it’s the Flu; NYC Health Commissioner tells city dwellers not to change Holiday plans; Additional airports add screening for China travelers
February 4 In State of Union address Trump says it is working with China on Coronavirus outbreak. FDA allows emergency use CDC’s covid-19 test in non-CDC labs.
February 5 two cruise ships in Asia are quarantined; Senate Acquits Trump of Impeachment chrges; The House Foreign Affairs Committee holds a hearing on “The Wuhan Coronavirus”
February 7 Barbot says residents of NYC are OK to live regular lives; The Federal Reserve says that the virus poses an economic risk.
February 9 NYC has large parade in China Town with huge crowds; Coronavirus task force briefs the states’ chief executives at the National Governors Association Meeting.
February 11 Biden adviser Klam suggests that the Coronavirus poses no threat to America; The Health and Human services (HHS) expands collaboration with Johnson’s Janssen Research & Development division to produce a Covid-19 vaccine
February 12 CDC discloses that there test for Coronavirus is unreliable.
February 17 Dr. Fauci says that the Coronavirus still poses no real threat to Americans.
February 18 Trump says that China is doing OK with its handling of the outbreak; HHS offers funds to Sanofi Pasteur to develop Covid-19 vaccine and treatments
February 23 Coronavirus numbers surge in Italy and South Korea: Pelosi tours San Francisco China Town, and says its OK to travel to and from China. Adm raised travel advisory for Japan and South Korea
February 24 The White House requests 2.5 Billion in funding for the Coronavirus outbreak from Congress.
February 26 Trump assigns VP Mike Pence to lead the administration’s Covid-19 response. Trump discusses virus containment methods with Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
February 27 Coronavirus Task force is established chaired by Vice-President Pence, Dr. Birx is the Threat Response Coordinator.
February 28 Democrats says Coronavirus is a hoax and a political tool of the right; Trump comments on this statement.
February 29 Washington State has first coronavirus death in the US; The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) opens up its restrictions (Emergency Authorization) developing accurate testing for coronavirus. Travel ban for Italy, South Korea and Iran.
March 2 Mayor de Blasio still says it is ok to Travel in NYC; CNN and Dr. Sanja Gupta say that Coronavirus is nothing to worry about, the Flu is much worse.
March 3 The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on “How the US is Responding to Covid-19”
March 6 Trump signed 8.3 billion in Covid-19 response funds, Trump and Pence met with major insurance companies to wave copays for COVID-19 testing. The education department eased rules to allow colleges and universities to conduct online classes
March 9 Bernie Sanders says that closing our borders is unnecessary; Dr. Fauci says that it is Ok to go to campaign rallies.
March 11 Trump blocks travel from Europe; Trump declares a State of Emergency in the US. Federal mandate close borders to US.
March 12 Trump imposes 30 day travel ban on Europe
March 13 Trump deregulates telemedicine, interstate medial practice and the hiring of physicians at hospitals, and persuaded Costco, Walmart and other retailers to launch drive-thru Covid-19 tests, FDA let Roche and Thermo Fisher to produce Covid-19 tests; The House passed Families First Coronavirus Response Act providing paid sick leave, free Covid-19 tests and more. Trump declared a national emergency to access $42 billion to fight the virus
March 16 Trump creates Coronavirus Federal Task Force and starts Daily briefings. He asks every state to set up emergency operations centers and to activate an emergency preparedness plan.
March 17 France imposes lock down; Trump invokes Defense Production Act for first time in this crisis. Provisions of Act: 1: Copanies are required to accept and prioritize contracts from the government and to prioritize materials, services and facilities to promote national defense or to maximize domestic energy supplies. this part will be used to increase production of medical supplies 2: provides financial measures, such as loans, loan guarantees, purchases and purchase commitments to speed up the production of materials needed to support national defense and homeland security procurement requirements. 3: Addresses voluntary agreements, is an association of private interests, approved by the government to plan and coordinate actions in support of the national defense.
March 18 The Federal Reserve established the Money Market Fund Facility to provide liquidity for the financial system.HUD announced along with the f\Federal Housing Finance Agency and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac a 60 moratorium for single family homeowners for foreclosures and evictions.
March 19 the state department issued and advisory against international travel. Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine was showing promise in the treatment of covid-19
March 20 the US and Mexico agreed to close borders for everything but essential traffic
March 23 Great Britain imposes lock down. AG Barr announced the formation of a National Task Force to help prevent hoarding and price gouging.
March 24 India Imposes lock down; Tokyo Olympics are postponed; 400 ventilators being sent to NYC: Tesla, Ford and General Motors retooling plants for emergency ventilator production. Starting the production of temporary hospitals in NYC and other hot spots by Army Corps of Engineers
March 25 Governor Cuomo signed a directive that required nursing homes to take on new patients infected with Covid-19. The order stated that nursing homes are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for Covid-19 prior to admission or readmission.
March 27 WHO cuts off Taiwan interview because they are not a member of WHO: Trump signs 2 Trillion dollar stimulus Bill (Coranavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act-CARES)
March 28 Hope medical ship on way to NYC and sister ship Comfort on way to California
March 29 2,900 bed Javits center completed in NYC, Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania directed NH to take recovering positive covid patients
March 30 Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC issue Stay-At-Home orders, the majority of the other states follow suit, approximately 265 million Americans are affected.
April 2 Paycheck Protection Program was announced, would take affect the next day
April 3 CDC recommends use of face masks
April 5 Trump announced that they had stockpiled 29 million doses of hydroxychloroquine
April 6 Governor Phil Murphy in New Jersey directed NH to take recovering positive covid patients
April 9 federal reserve announced new lending program for businesses
April 10 Trump reported that he would convene a bipartisan council of business and medical leaders called “opening Our Country Council” to advise the adm on reopening the economy.
April 15 Protests erupt over pro-longed stay-at-home orders. Governor Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan directed NH to take recovering positive covid patients
April 16 Trump gives 3-phase plan to reopen the economy, guidelines established by Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx and the rest of the task force based on the Science.
April 21 FDA approves home testing for Coronavirus
April 24 Governor Gavin Newsom in California directed NH to take recovering positive covid patients
April 26 CDC adds 6 more symptoms to the previous list of known Coronavirus symptoms
April 30 Federal Social Distancing guidelines expire, The enforcement of guidelines to be determined and enforced by state and local governments.
May 1st Scientists determine that Coronavirus not man made and not modified.
May 15 Trump rolls out Operation Warp Speed for the creation of a vaccine. This pumps billions of dollars into the creation of a vaccine, multiple private companies are involved. Task force created separate from coronavirus task force.
Some of the media responses to the Cornavirus:
In early February, Dr. Fauci said. “It’s very very transmissions, and it almost certainly is going to be a pandemic, but will it be catastrophic? I don’t know.” That The New York Times article went in to say “Closinf borders to highly infectious pathogens never succeeds completely, experts said, because all frontiers are somewhat porous. Nonetheless, closings and rigorous screening may slow the spread, which will buy time for the development of drug treatments and vaccines.”
+”Why we should be skeptical of the Chinese cornavirus Quaratine.” Washington Post, January 24, 2020
+ “Don’t worry about the cornavirus. Worry about the flu.” BuzzFeed, January 29, 2020
+”Is this going to be a deadly pandemic/ No.” Vox, January 29,2020
+”Get a gripe, America. The flu is a much bigger threat than coronavirus, for now.” Washington Post, February 1, 2020
+”Who Ays, It’s Not Safe to Travel to China?” New York Time, February 7, 2020
+”Coronaovirus, with zero American fatalioties, is dominating headlines, while the flu is the real threat.” Daily Beast, February 7, 2020
+”Coronavirus is not going to cause a major issue in the United States.” Dr. David Agus, CBS This Morning Saturday, February 8, 2020
+”The risk is low. The risk, however, for the flu is through the roof.” Dr. Jennifer Caudle, CNN Newsroom, February 15, 2020
+”So if your’e freaked out at all about the cornavirus, you should be more concerned about the flu.” Anderson Cooper, CNN, March 4, 2020.
List: 74 actions taken by Trump to fight virus and bolster economy
Below is the latest White House list shared with Secrets of moves to fight the virus. (March 23, 2020)
1.President Trump declared a national emergency, inviting States, territories, and tribes to access over $42 billion in existing funding.
2.Trump signed legislation securing $8.3 billion for coronavirus response.
3.Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, ensuring that American families and businesses impacted by the virus receive the strong support they need.
4.To leverage the resources of the entire government, the president created a White House Coronavirus Task Force to coordinate response.
5.Vice President Pence named Dr. Deborah Birx to serve as the White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator.
6.The president has held multiple teleconferences with our nation’s governors to coordinate response efforts and offer his full support.
7.The president has approved major disaster declarations for impacted states like New York, Washington, and California.
8.In January, Trump reacted quickly to implement travel restrictions on travel from China, buying us valuable time to respond to the virus.
9.The president has announced further travel restrictions on global hotspots, including Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and Iran.
10.American citizens returning from travel-restricted countries are being routed to specific airports, where they can be screened and isolated as needed.
11.The United States reached mutual agreements with Mexico and Canada to restrict non-essential travel across our northern and southern borders.
12.The administration announced it will expeditiously return aliens who cross between ports of entry or are otherwise not allowed to enter the country, as the facilities in which these aliens would be held cannot support quarantine for the time needed to assess potential cases.
13.The administration raised travel warnings to their highest level for other hot spot locations, like Japan and South Korea.
14.The president has expanded airport screenings to identify travelers showing symptoms and instituted mandatory quarantines.
15.The State Department issued a global level 4 travel advisory, urging Americans to avoid all international travel due to the coronavirus outbreak worldwide.
EXPANDING TESTING ACCESSIBILITY
16.The FDA issued emergency approval for new commercial coronavirus tests to significantly expand testing across the country.
17.The president secured legislation that will ensure Americans are able to be tested for free.
18.The administration is working with state and local partners and the private sector to open up drive-through testing sites.
19.The administration is working with the private sector to develop a website that Americans can utilize to determine whether they need a test and, if so, where to get it.
20.HHS is providing funding to help accelerate the development of rapid diagnostic tests for the coronavirus.
21.The FDA cut red tape to expand testing availability.
22.Admiral Brett Giroir – the Assistant Secretary for Health and head of the Public Health Service – has been appointed to coordinate coronavirus testing efforts.
23.The FDA is empowering states to authorize tests developed and used by laboratories in their states.
24.The Department of Defense has set up 15 coronavirus testing sites worldwide.
25.The president signed legislation requiring more reporting from state and private labs to ensure our public health officials have the data they need to respond to this outbreak.
26.DoD and HHS worked to airlift hundreds of thousands of swabs and sample test kits from Italy to the United States.
SUPPORTING IMPACTED BUSINESSES
27.The Small Business Administration has announced disaster loans which provide impacted businesses with up to $2 million.
28.SBA relaxed criteria for disaster assistance loans – expanding small businesses’ access to economic assistance.
29.The president directed the Energy Department to purchase large quantities of crude oil for the strategic reserve.
30.Trump has held calls and meetings with business leaders from the pharmaceutical industry, airlines, health insurers, grocery stores, retail stores, banks, and more.
31.The Treasury Department approved the establishment of the Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity Facility to provide liquidity to the financial system.
HELPING FAMILIES AND WORKING AMERICANS
32.The administration negotiated legislation which will provide tax credits for eligible businesses that give paid leave to Americans affected by the virus.
33.The administration took action to provide more flexibility in unemployment insurance programs for workers impacted by the coronavirus.
34.The Treasury Department moved tax day from April 15 to July 15.
35.Trump signed legislation providing funding and flexibility for emergency nutritional aid for senior citizens, women, children, and low-income families.
36.USDA announced new flexibilities to allow meal service during school closures.
37.USDA announced a new collaboration with the private sector to deliver nearly 1,000,000 meals a week to students in rural schools closed due to the coronavirus.
38.The administration is halting foreclosures and evictions for families with FHA-insured mortgages.
39.The Department of Labor announced up to $100 million in dislocated worker grants in response to the coronavirus national health emergency.
40.The White House worked with the private sector to launch a central website where families, students, and educators can access online education technologies.
41.Trump signed legislation to provide continuity in educational benefits for veterans and their families who attend schools that have had to switch from in-person to online learning due to the coronavirus.
42.The Department of Education has given broad approval to colleges and universities to allow them to more easily move their classes online.
43.The Department of Education set interest rates on all federally-held student loans to 0% for at least 60 days.
44.The Department of Education announced borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments on federally-held student loans for at least two months.
45.The Department of Education is providing waivers for federal testing requirements to states that have had to close schools.
INFORMING THE PUBLIC
46.The administration launched a website – coronavirus.gov – to keep the public informed about the outbreak.
47.The president launched a partnership with the Ad Council, media networks, and digital platforms to communicate public services announcements about the coronavirus.
48.The president announced guidelines for Americans to follow and do their part to stem the spread of the virus.
49.The Task Force is holding nearly daily press conferences to provide the American people with the latest information.
50.The Task Force has recommended mitigation strategies to heavily impacted communities, like those in New York, Washington, and California.
51.CMS announced guidance to protect vulnerable elderly Americans and limit medically unnecessary visits to nursing homes.
SUPPORTING PATIENTS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS
52.In January, the administration declared the coronavirus to be a public health emergency.
53.The president donated his fourth-quarter 2019 salary to the Department of Health and Human Services for coronavirus response efforts.
54.The president took action to give HHS authority to waive rules and regulations so that healthcare providers have maximum flexibility to respond to this outbreak.
55.CMS is giving flexibility to Medicare Advantage and Part D plans to waive cost-sharing for coronavirus tests and treatment.
56.CMS created new billing codes for coronavirus tests to promote better tracking of the public health response.
57.The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy coordinated with the NIH, the tech industry, and nonprofits to release a machine readable collection of 29,000 coronavirus-related research articles, which will help scientists discover insights to virus’ genetics, incubation, treatment, symptoms, and prevention.
58.The administration announced that health plans with health savings accounts will be able to cover coronavirus testing and treatment without co-payments.
59.CMS dramatically expanded telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries, ensuring more patients can access their doctors remotely while avoiding exposure.
60.HHS lifted HIPAA penalties to enable healthcare providers to expand telehealth access for patients.
61.The VA established 19 emergency operations centers across the country and put in place visitation restrictions to limit patients’ exposure.
62.CMS and the VA are working to limit nonessential, elective medical procedures to free up healthcare resources.
63.The Navy will be deploying two medical ships to help support impacted areas.
64.The president announced Carnival Cruise Lines will be making ships available for hospitals to use for non-coronavirus patients.
STRENGTHENING ESSENTIAL MEDICAL SUPPLIES
65.The president announced he is invoking the Defense Production Act.
66.The president signed a memorandum directing his Administration to make general-use face masks available to healthcare workers.
67.HHS announced it will be purchasing 500 million N95 respirators for the Strategic National Stockpile.
68.The Department of Defense announced it will be providing 5 million respirator masks and 2,000 specialized ventilators to assist.
69.The president signed legislation removing restrictions that prevented manufacturers from selling industrial masks – which can readily protect healthcare workers – directly to hospitals.
DEVELOPING VACCINES AND THERAPEUTICS
70.The administration is working to help accelerate the development of therapeutics and a vaccine to combat the coronavirus.
71.The FDA is evaluating existing drugs that could serve as potential therapeutics for coronavirus patients.
72.The administration is actively working with drug manufacturers to monitor any potential drug supply chain issues.
73.The administration is expanding research and consulting with experts to better understand the transmission of coronavirus.
74.The National Institutes of Health has announced the beginning of a clinical trial for a coronavirus vaccine candidate.
Resource for Media postings:
“Live Free or Die,” By Sean Hannity; washingtonexaminer.com, ” List: 74 actions taken by Trump to fight virus and bolster economy,” By Paul Bedard, March 23, 2020;COVUD-19 Lockdowns on Trial, By Michael Betrus;
Dr. Fauci Postings